The Secret Garden (2020)

The Secret Garden (2020)

The Secret Garden (2020)

A girl (Dixie Egerickx, The Little Stranger) discovers a magical garden at her uncle's house in this family fantasy based on the classic children's novel. Co-stars Julie Walters and Colin Firth.

When a young orphan is sent to live with her uncle (Colin Firth) and his strict housekeeper (Julie Walters) in a mysterious country mansion, she discovers an enchanted garden that has long been hidden. Together with a local boy, her sick cousin and a stray dog, she explores the limitless wonderland, unlocking secrets from the past which reveal a whole new life of hope and friendship.

2020Rating: PG, Scary scenes99 minsFrance, UK
DramaKids & FamilyFantasy
92%
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Stuff

Stuff

press

The Secret Garden is as beautiful to look at as ever, but it simply doesn't get across the screen like it knows where it wants to be and what it wants to say.

Slant Magazine

Slant Magazine

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The film fails to deliver on its initial promise of branching its story out into bold new emotional terrain.

Variety

Variety

press

In its top-heavy image-driven way, "The Secret Garden" is trying for some of the atmospheric poetry that was missing from Agnieszka Holland's 1993 version. Yet if anything, that just makes it fall further away from the novel's essence.

A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

The Secret Garden is a mid-tier adaptation, though one with heart and soul.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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The degree to which any of the plot embellishments add to the time-tested appeal of Hodgson Burnett's story no doubt will engender debate. But to the generation encountering it for the first time, its pleasures should be unencumbered.

IndieWire

IndieWire

press

This film is not the best representation of Burnett's works, which toed the line between the magical and the painfully - but in the moments when it succeeds, "The Secret Garden" blossoms into something beautiful.

Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

press

This adaptation leans heavily on clichés the story doesn't need.

Slash Film

Slash Film

press

The Secret Garden doesn't shy away from the implicit "magic" of Burnett's novel, leaning into the whimsy of the story with a hefty dose of magical realism.

Stuff

Stuff

press

The Secret Garden is as beautiful to look at as ever, but it simply doesn't get across the screen like it knows where it wants to be and what it wants to say.

Slant Magazine

Slant Magazine

press

The film fails to deliver on its initial promise of branching its story out into bold new emotional terrain.

Variety

Variety

press

In its top-heavy image-driven way, "The Secret Garden" is trying for some of the atmospheric poetry that was missing from Agnieszka Holland's 1993 version. Yet if anything, that just makes it fall further away from the novel's essence.

A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

The Secret Garden is a mid-tier adaptation, though one with heart and soul.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

The degree to which any of the plot embellishments add to the time-tested appeal of Hodgson Burnett's story no doubt will engender debate. But to the generation encountering it for the first time, its pleasures should be unencumbered.

IndieWire

IndieWire

press

This film is not the best representation of Burnett's works, which toed the line between the magical and the painfully - but in the moments when it succeeds, "The Secret Garden" blossoms into something beautiful.

Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

press

This adaptation leans heavily on clichés the story doesn't need.

Slash Film

Slash Film

press

The Secret Garden doesn't shy away from the implicit "magic" of Burnett's novel, leaning into the whimsy of the story with a hefty dose of magical realism.